Yet every time the Cougars inched closer, CBA would do something positive in response, especially Thomson. His rebound baskets late in the period restored the Brothers' margin, and he clinched the game with another lay-up with 1:31 to play.
All told, Thomson had 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and he said those opportunities opened up because of all the 3-pointers CBA hit early.
Wlekinski said Thomson, normally a quiet kid, spoke up and asked for the ball late, which fired up the rest of the team.
Wiese led with 19 points, including several late free throws, as Bullock got 18 points and Balenton had 13 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
On Corcoran's side, Marsean Brown had a team-beast 15 points, while Algeron Torrence had 13 points and Riley Stroman got 12 points.
Now CBA awaits Saturday's semifinal with CNS, to be played at LeMoyne College at 7:45.
Of course, the Northstars' coach, John Haas, was a star for the Brothers in the late 1980s in three sports, playing basketball under Wleklinski's tutelage on his way to an eventual honor in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The winner gets Utica Proctor or Henninger in the Class AA final at Utica Memorial Auditorium on March 7.